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Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 5 – July to November 1951 – Issues 21-25 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Pete Riss, Ken Bald, King Ward, Lin Streeter, Carl Kiefer, Jerry Grandenti, Leonard Star, Ogden Whitney, and others – and stories include "When Time Turned Back", "Flight Of The Dead", "The Howling Hunters", "Case Of The Haunted Girl", "The Spectre In The Show Window", and lots lots more. 288 pages, hardcover, and full color. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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Airboy & ValkyrieComplete Golden Age Airboy & Valkyrie (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
One of the best-remembered features of the Golden Age of comics – presented here in a beautiful hardcover package! Airboy was part aviation adventure – ala Blackhawk – and part young male fantasy – ala Terry & The Pirates – but the strip was something special all its own – thanks to superb art and stories, which easily put the comic on a par with the best of the time! Art here is by Fred Kida on most entries – with additional work by Arthur Peddy and Ernest Schroeder – and the book focuses on stories in which Airboy is paired with the lovely Valkyrie – who brings an undercurrent of sex that the strip didn't always present. Material is from issues of Air Fighters and Airboy from 1943 to 1952 – and the book is 136 pages, full color, and very nicely done! Book

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John Broome/Gil Kane/Joe GiellaGreen Lantern Omnibus Vol 1 (hardcover) ... Book
DC Comics, 2010. New Copy ... $22.99 75.00
One of the greatest runs of any hero of the silver age of comics – presented here in a lavish volume that collects the first 21 issues of Green Lantern, plus his initial three appearances in Showcase! Green Lantern really helped redefine the role of the superhero in the science age – thanks to very smart, snappy, imaginative writing from John Broome – who'd penned plenty of science fiction before coming to comics – and thanks also to amazing artwork from Gil Kane, who's at the height of his powers on these early issues! The team is incredible – one of those DC Comics unstoppable powers – and their run here is a nonstop stream of cool, creative stories that still hold up strongly all these many years later. Most inks are by Joe Giella, some are by Murphy Anderson – and the book is full color, very heavy 636 pages, and even reproduces all of those great covers from the 60s! Book

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Captain FlashCaptain Flash Collected Works – November 1954 to July 1955 – Issues 1-4 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
The full run of Captain Flash – a very late, lesser-known Golden Age hero – but one who comes across surprisingly well in these four vintage issues! By the time of the mid 50s publication, comic standards had risen strongly in general – so that both scripting and art were often far better than bigger name books a decade before – especially given that the latter here was handled by top-shelf talents like Mort Meskin, Mike Sekowsky, and Edvard Moritz! The stories aren't earth-shaking, but they've got a surprising amount of Atomic Age charm – and, with his sidekick in tow, Captain Flash comes across a bit with the spirit of Simon & Kirby's Fighting American – but maybe a bit less humor overall. The book also features 2 issues of the horror magazine Tormented – from Sterling, the same publisher – with lots more art by Mike Sekowsky, along with Mike Roy and Bill Ely. A bit of horror, a lot of superhero, and 240 full color pages – which even reproduce the original covers and ads! Book

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Jeff ChangWho We Be – The Colorization Of America (hardcover) ... Book
St Martins, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.99
Jeff Chang's given us some of the most thoughtful writing we've ever read on hip hop and its history – and this time around, he turns his talents towards larger issues of race and culture on contemporary America – at a level that's surprisingly prescient, given the struggles of the past few years. Chang draws on many sources and strands throughout the book – and presents the material in a mode that's both more personal and political than his previous writing – illuminated with a range of images that speak volumes themselves. The book spans a 50 year period – 1963 to 2013 – from the Civil Rights struggle to the Obama administration, with many cultural sidestreams, tied together beautifully. Over 400 pages, hardcover, with illustrations. Book
(The spine has a remainder mark.)

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 2 – Issues 6 to 11 – May/June 1952 to November 1952 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features six full issues, over 250 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of Al Williamson, King Ward, Ken Bald, Lou Cameron, Harry Lazarus, Jay Disbrow, and others. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 3 – Issues 12 to 18 – December 1952 to June 1953 – Issues 12-18 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure that packs a hell of a lot into an eight to ten page story – and the art is wonderful – that vivid, striking style you'd only find in the best of the early 50s horror comics. The printing style here is great, too – heavy pages, lush color, and a mode that's far better to read than any yellowing old comics – and a fair bit less expensive too! This volume features seven full issues, almost 300 pages in length, complete with all the original ads too – and artwork by the likes of King Ward, Charles Quinlan, John Blummer, Sam Cooper, Harry Lazarus, and others. Book
(Limited edition – hardcover book in slipcase!)

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 8 – Issues 47 to 52 – October 1956 to March 1957 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1956/1957. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus Harry Lazarus, Pete Costanza, John Rosenberger, Kurt Schaffenberger, and others. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Vol 9 – Issues 53 to 58 – April 1957 to September 1957 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $10.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus Harry Lazarus, Kurt Schaffenberger, Emil Gershwin, John Rosenberger, and others. Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 5 – January/February to September/October 1948 – Issues 11 to 15 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1948. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
One of the weirdest, goofiest takes on the Frankenstein character ever created – drawn by 40s comic legend Dick Briefer, in this excellent volume of vintage stories! By the mid 40s, the popularity of Frankenstein was huge – but rather than present the character in the traditional monstrous version, Briefer took Frankenstein into the same sort of territory as Herman Munster – kind of a comical figure who does more good than harm, with a surprisingly sweet demeanor that hardly belies his hulking physique! Briefer's art is great – very cartoony, but at an expressionist level that's almost in the territory of Milt Gross – and which has gotten him lots of acclaim over the years. The book brings together a handful of super-rare, super-expensive issues of Briefer's Frankenstein – all with great quality artwork on heavy white paper, wrapped up in a gold-tinged hardcover volume – at a level that's maybe even nicer than some of the other vintage comic books in the PS Artbooks series. 240 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 6 – December 1948 to November 1952 – Issues 16 to 21 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
A very unusual volume in this classic series – one that features the last half of the original cartoony take on Frankenstein by artist Dick Briefer, then follows with the re-worked series from 1952 – which moves into much more horror-based artwork overall! Briefer's original run is one of the weirdest, goofiest takes on the Frankenstein character ever created – as, rather than present the character in the traditional monstrous version, Briefer took Frankenstein into the same sort of territory as Herman Munster – kind of a comical figure who does more good than harm, with a surprisingly sweet demeanor that hardly belies his hulking physique! Briefer's art is great – very cartoony, but at an expressionist level that's almost in the territory of Milt Gross – and which has gotten him lots of acclaim over the years. Then, after shutting down in 1949, the series comes back in 1952 – the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Book is 224 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 7 – December 1952 to November 1953 – Issues 22 to 27 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
Excellent work from the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Briefer drew the main stories – and other work is by Mort Meskin, Marvin Stein, and others. 200 pages, hardcover, and full color! Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 8 – January 1954 to November 1954 – Issues 28 to 33 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
Excellent work from the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Briefer drew the main stories – and other work is by Mort Meskin, Marvin Stein, and others. 200 pages, hardcover, and full color! Book

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Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the Baltimore and Washington DC scenes of the postwar years – with a lot of detail on The Orioles, one of the first great groups in the tradition – and some of the smaller acts of the period as well – and the book begins with the initial postwar rise in the format, then looks at the huge wave of group harmony during the doo wop years. Although an academic book, the tone is never dry – and the oral history material really illuminates the music a great deal. 291 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $9.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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Michael LargoGenius & Heroin –The Illustrated Catalogue Of Creativity, Obsession, & Reckless Abandon Through The Ages ... Book
William Morrow, 2008. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
We're not users of the stuff, but we'll be the first to admit that heroin has played a big role in some of the creative endeavors that have really moved us over the years – from art to music, to poetry and prose – and a number of other forms as well! Yet heroin's just the starting point here – as author Michael Largo attempts to trace the line between substance abuse and cultural creation through dozens of key artistic figures – names as disparate as Caravaggio, Jack Kerouac, Jimi Hendrix, William S Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, Charlie Parker, and many more in between – all listed here in a format that's almost a dictionary of abuse – as the artists are lined up alphabetically, with sections that detail their important contributions, and the health issues that often drew a too-short end to their careers. If the whole thing sounds a bit cheap or gruesome, it's not – as Largo presents the material with a surprisingly thoughtful eye, and also looks at larger medical issues with the subjects that might have been part of their problems and creative process. 343 pages, softcover, with lots of black and white photos. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)
 
 
 



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